Virender Sehwag in an interview last year had said that he does not have a lot of time left in him to play cricket. The India discard had said that he still hoped to be around the cricketing circles for a couple of years. In what can be seen as a move to prolong his cricketing career, Sehwag is likely to switch over from Delhi, and move to another state. It has been learn that atleast three states in the Ranji Trophy are interested in acquiring Sehwag’s services.
This move from Sehwag will mean that the once destructive Indian opener will play solely as a professional cricketer and will not be bound by his home state. The main motive however behind Sehwag’s move is that it will create more opportunities for young players from Delhi to get a place in the Ranji side. With Sehwag already in the team, his younger replacements would have to wait in the ranks till he was there, as it would be very unlikely that the Delhi side would drop Sehwag irrespective of his form. The Delhi side already has quite a few senior players such as Gautam Gambhir, Mithun Minhas, Ashish Nehra.
Sehwag’s previous outing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy was extremely fruitful. The devastating batsman scored 568 runs an average of 51.63 in 8 games, including two centuries. He finished only a run behind captain Gambhir, who was the highest run-getter for Delhi and also the skipper.
As per a player in the Delhi camp, Sehwag’s intention leave the side is due to the ever increasing corruption in the DDCA. Back in 2009/10 as well, Sehwag had threatened to stop offering his services to Delhi as the state board officials were embroiled in corruption. The current scenario isn’t very bright either as there is said to be immense corruption in the Under 16 and Under 19 levels. Previous dues of the Delhi players haven’t been cleared as well.
It will be interesting to see further developments on this issue and know the state which Sehwag represents in the future.